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This is an update on the UAE market, covering mobile, fixed broadband, TV, operator initiatives, consumer market trends, and regulation. It includes subscription and revenue forecasts for mobile and fixed broadband.


  • At end-4Q18, the UAE had 18.6 million mobile subscriptions and 1.4 million fixed broadband subscriptions. Its mobile penetration rate was over 190%, the highest among Middle Eastern countries. FTTx’s share of subscriptions is set to decline from 91% at end-4Q18 to 86.5% by end-2023 due to the launch of 5G.
  • Etisalat dominates the fixed broadband market, with an 85.4% share at end-4Q18. Mobile broadband penetration has risen strongly. There has been a small increase in postpaid penetration, but the mobile market remains largely prepaid.
  • An element of competition has been introduced in the fixed market, through bitstream network sharing between the two operators, Du and Etisalat. However, at present, the operators only compete in certain areas and only in the provision of fixed voice and fixed broadband services.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses the UAE ICT market.
  • Evaluates the mobile, fixed, and TV sectors in the UAE.

Key questions answered

  • Who are the market leaders in the fixed and mobile markets?
  • What are the market shares of the key players?
  • How will revenues grow in the next five years?

Table of contents


  • Introduction
  • Download 1: UAE: Mobile, Broadband, TV, and OTT Video Report

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